The saga of offended teenagers

In one of the most successful sketches of Byethe issue revised and corrected Caleb’s daughters (1990-1991) fell right after the segment of the ” black face » unexpectedly cut by Netflix This year. Other episodes are just as thrilling, estimated in this satire the boss of the platform. Let’s transform them for the good mouth. The now inclusive religion class, the offended student to be stuffed with Ritalin: that finally seems familiar! See Émilie Bordeleau, back at the start of the 20th centurye century, to be scandalized in front of the famous scene of the coupling of horses by taxing these antics of horse aggression brought us back to our present times. Especially since his beautiful Ovila was going ” cancel the beast with rifle fire. When Pierre Curzi and Véronique Le Flaguais resumed their roles as parents of Ovila cradling the little Blanche, they flattened our mentalities of today on those of yesterday and the day before yesterday with a number addressing the fluidity genres. Binary? Non-binary, this child? Who can predict it?

Some will shout at the “antiwoke” gags. Certainly, but Google Black, another sketch of the Bye, on the time allotted to a black driver to move between police controls, was blowing a headwind. Wokism or not, people are outraged by the persistence of racial profiling. As for the Gala Misconduct 2022 segment, which pinned Edgar Fruitier, André Boisclair and Philippe Bond less finely for moral offences, it displayed its colors: sexual assault no longer passes. Even if it means putting offenses and allegations in the same basket. But we are not yet familiar with the new uses. Excuse a bit…

Push on one side, pull on the other. The end-of-year show, like our confused minds, proved one thing: the world is all mixed up. Yes to the evolution of mores, no to the extreme excesses of the diktats of the day. We wish each other a pint of discernment in 2023. Some are seriously lacking in it…

Emerging from this Byemirror of society, I immersed myself in the excellent novel for teenagers which arouses the uneasiness of the season: The boy with upside-down feet, by Francois Blais. Under the heading The chronicles of Saint-Severeit was published in a distant time (last October), before the saga of the libertarian cows put this village on the map of the world in turmoil.

However, we recently learned that a letter from the Ministry of Health and Social Services had been sent to teachers, booksellers and librarians in the service of the State to encourage them not to recommend this fantastic thriller or discuss it. Basically, senior officials believe that reading the novel could affect vulnerable young people, causing them to adopt suicidal behaviors by imitation, even through fiction.

This pull-to-the-bottom effect is called Werther syndrome, because of the effects of Goethe’s early novel. The sufferings of young Werther (1774), after the voluntary death of the lovesick hero, had led to an epidemic of suicides.

Still, the two works do not have much in common, especially not the time. As much as Goethe cast a black romantic gaze on mad love, so The boy with upside down feet, with its malevolent ghost and the teenage girl’s hectic search for a missing neighbor, sails through playful, educational and otherworldly waters. Nothing to want to hang yourself.

The fact that François Blais committed suicide after writing the novel (published posthumously) colors the ministerial perception of an amusing, hard-hitting and very well put together book. But shouldn’t literature survive the excesses of authors?

At Fides Group, the director, Jean-François Bouchard, wisely throws the word censorship and wonders what the state is getting into. ” [Les autorités de la Santé publique] do they have the luxury of opening a new selection service for good and bad books? We thought those times were over, ”he says. Floating under his words is another undesirable ghost from the hell of the works on the index under Great Darkness. Dangerous move…

The teenager offended by the parody of Daughters of Caleb have a good back. However, they saw snowing, these young people clinging to their screens. Over here violence and porn! And haven’t fairy tales always rocked children with stories of ogres, evil stepmothers and other sharp-toothed wolves? Fear and risk participate in human learning. Otherwise, how to arm oneself for tomorrow? Fragile, young, but strong too. It is the adults who lose ground by overprotecting them. By the way, letting teenagers get excited about a good book would be a great idea these days…

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The saga of offended teenagers